Returning Light: Thirty Years on the Island of Skellig Michael


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Mariner Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Robert L. Harris was appointed to the warden service on Skellig Michael, County Kerry, Ireland, in 1987, where he has been managing the guiding system and monitoring the island for over thirty years. He has lived most of his life near the sea and on islands, and he has a great interest in both monastic and natural history. He spends May to October on Skellig Michael when the island is accessible, and in winter months lives at his home in County Leitrim with his wife, Maigread. Returning Light is his first book.


"It is impossible to do justice to the beauty of Returning Light. The whole book is a poem." -- Margaret Renkl, New York Times Book Review

"A heartfelt, profound memoir about the importance of place and what it really means to belong." -- Belfast Telegraph

"The fascination of Returning Light, ironically, is not the 'turrets and crags' of the rock but Harris's approach to understanding the psyche and how it responds to a way of living, monastic in some aspects, but without the community. ... Reading Returning Light is a spiritual experience and one that should be proselytised throughout Ireland." -- Irish Examiner

"Harris writes beautifully." -- Irish Times

"Harris seduces with the lyrical opening pages. ...Those enamored with the ethereal will be captivated." -- Kirkus Reviews